In 1963, while attending a party, astrophysics student Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) meets Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones), a fellow student at Cambridge University who is studying literature. They subsequently begin a relationship. Although Stephen excels at mathematics and physics, his friends and professors are concerned over the lack of a topic for his thesis. Stephen and his professor, Dennis Sciama (David Thewlis), go to a lecture on black holes, which inspires Stephen to speculate that they may have been a part of the creation of the universe. He later decides that his thesis will be on the subject of time.
Anthony McCarten (screenplay), Jane Hawking (book)
Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior